Local News
10:00 am
Sun January 20, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence Hosts 'Saturday Night Live'

Credit Tom Sorensen/Creative Commons

With the Academy Awards campaign season in full swing (yes, non-Oscars buffs, there is such a thing), Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence hosted "Saturday Night Live" this week. Lawrence, an Oscar nominee and recent Golden Globe winner for Silver Linings Playbook, appeared in several segments. Here are a few highlights.

Hunger Games press conference:

Read more
Inauguration 2013
8:37 am
Sun January 20, 2013

The Presidential Oath: Not Always Perfect, But It Gets The Job Done

Barack Obama takes the oath of office beside his wife Michelle and daughters Sasha, right, and Malia, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 20, 2009.
Chuck Kennedy AP

Originally published on Sun January 20, 2013 6:20 pm

President Obama takes the oath of office for a second term on Sunday and Monday. By the time he is through Monday, he and President Franklin D. Roosevelt will be the only two presidents to have taken the presidential oath four times — Roosevelt because he was elected four times, and Obama because he will have taken the oath twice the first time and twice the second.

Obama took the oath twice in 2009 because he and Chief Justice John Roberts messed it up a bit the first time and redid it a second time in private to quell any questions about Obama being president.

Read more
Politics
8:30 am
Sun January 20, 2013

Ashley Judd: Kentucky Needs a Fighter

Actress Ashley Judd
Credit Salon

Actress Ashley Judd says the "people of Kentucky need a fighter" when asked about a potential bid against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in 2014.

The Hollywood celebrity and activist has been flirting with a run for public office for months, and made the comments at the the Kentucky Society of Washington's Bluegrass Ball this weekend.

In a brief interview, Judd said there is no time frame for her decision but that she is taking a serious look at running.

From Politico:

"I am incredibly honored and frankly overwhelmed by the outpouring of support — that the people of Kentucky are interested in having me represent them is the greatest honor of my life so far, and I am certainly taking a close look at it,” Judd told POLITICO before The Kentucky Society of Washington’s Bluegrass Ball in Washington.

Read more
Local News
8:23 am
Sun January 20, 2013

What Would a Downtown Casino Do for Louisville?

Will Louisville roll the dice on a downtown casino?
Credit Creative Commons

Suddenly, something that didn't seem possible became, however slightly, a possibility.

In an interview with WFPL, Mayor Greg Fischer said downtown Louisville would be a good spot for a casino.

"That could change a whole lot of the dynamics downtown," Fischer said earlier this month.

Read more
Local News
7:00 am
Sun January 20, 2013

What We're Reading | 1.20.13

Credit Creative Commons

Each week, members of the WFPL news team spotlight interesting stories we've read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:

Read more
Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Sun January 20, 2013

Award-Winning Architects Seek Out 'Unheroic' Designs

The American Institute of Architects has awarded Louisville's De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop a 2013 Institute Honor Award for their design of operational facilities on Goshen's Mason Lane Farm. The project includes two new barns and a relocated silo for a centrally-located complex that consolidates maintenance, office and operations facilities previously scattered across the property, owned by Eleanor Bingham Miller.

Read more
Politics
11:11 pm
Sat January 19, 2013

Noise and Notes: Louisville NAACP Raoul Cunningham on The State of Civil Rights

Credit NAACP

NAACP President Raoul Cunningham has been involved with civil rights since he was a 14-year-old activist protesting against Jim Crow in downtown Louisville.

Still, Cunningham says that in 2013 there are still many pertinent issues and some will be before the Supreme Court this year, such as cases dealing with affirmative action and gay marriage.

The most important question the justices will face deals with a key provision of the Voting Rights Act that could unravel the historic legislation. For Cunningham, this will be a defining moment for the Roberts Court on matters of civil rights.

Read more
It's All Politics
11:29 am
Sat January 19, 2013

Inaugural Hijinks: 10 Odd Photos From Ceremonies Past

Scott Stewart AP

Originally published on Sat January 19, 2013 5:53 am

The presidential inauguration is a solemn and important occasion, of course, steeped in history and pomp. But it's also a time for parades and balls — and, sometimes, a bit of tomfoolery. As we prepare for President Obama's second inauguration on Monday, a look back at a few funny and unusual moments:

Read more
The Two-Way
11:25 am
Sat January 19, 2013

Hostages, Militants Reported Dead In Algerian Assault

British Defense Minister Philip Hammond (left) and U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta hold a joint press conference on the Algerian hostage crisis Saturday in London.
Leon Neal AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat January 19, 2013 6:51 pm

The four-day standoff in the Algerian desert came to a bloody end Saturday morning when Algerian forces stormed the gas plant where Islamist militants were holding foreign hostages.

Seven hostages were killed in the assault, as were 11 militants, Algeria's state media reported. In total, 32 militants and 23 other people died in the conflict, the Algerian interior ministry said in a statement.

Read more
Strange Fruit
10:00 am
Sat January 19, 2013

Strange Fruit: Fairness in Vicco; Keen Dance Company Founder Returns to Louisville

Vicco, Ky., brought national attention to the state this week by becoming the smallest town in the United States to pass a fairness law. Like many of you (we're guessing), we'd never even heard of Vicco until the news broke. So we invited Fairness Campaign director Chris Hartman to join us this week and tell us more. 

"It's about three and a half hours east," Chris explains, "and several hundred feet up."

Hartman and others from the Fairness Coalition worked directly with Vicco leaders on the law. He said folks in Vicco are what we might call "non-traditional allies" who may not fit our idea of what LGBTQ-rights supporters are.

"But that may just be because we all have some inappropriate stereotypes about what rural Americans are like, about what Appalachian folks are like, and about what people who live in coal country are like," Hartman said.

Read more

Pages